noun, often attributive
cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , -lē- \

Definition of cauliflower

: a garden plant (Brassica oleracea botrytis) related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers also : its flower cluster used as a vegetable

Examples of cauliflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rubio’s cauli rice is made with rice-cut cauliflower cooked with cilantro, lime juice, lemongrass and salt. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 Plant fall crops of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2021 Get the pb&p, caramelized plantains topped with spinach & peanut butter spread, or the Cali, a cauliflower sandwich with spicy aioli. Rose Bruno Bailey, Chron, 2 Sep. 2021 The vegan main course was a roasted cauliflower dish, while the other had the choice between a striploin steak or Chilean sea bass. Hannah Chubb,, 23 Aug. 2021 The restaurant offers bowls with four customizable grains or greens including red quinoa and brown or cauliflower rice, plus a melange of vegetables cooked, pickled or raw and a house sauce. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 20 Aug. 2021 Next, choose Cusco grilled chicken with creamy Yukon mashed potatoes, broccolini and Peruvian salsa criolla, or grilled salmon in an achiote-dashi broth with bacon jam and cauliflower puree. Phillip Valys,, 26 July 2021 All the months away couldn't shake the focus of this judoka with two bulbous cauliflower ears shaped by years of being grinded into mats and attached to a head shaped like a paint can and stacked on a thick neck. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 26 July 2021 There will be vegan borscht, the prototypical beet soup, but here made from a creamy cauliflower base. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of cauliflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cauliflower

Italian cavolfiore, from cavolo cabbage (from Late Latin caulus, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage) + fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at cole, blow

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“Cauliflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇-ər How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä- \

Kids Definition of cauliflower

: a vegetable that is a white head of undeveloped flowers and is related to the cabbage

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